We just love this; honeyed pears and quince and moreishly off-dry
The Te Arai vineyard is five kilometres from the sea. This maritime proximity underlies the wines unique South Pacific style. The silt soils give fragrance while the occasional incidence of botrytis, generated by the autumnal mists from the Te Arai stream, gives complex texture and body to the wine. You can smell ripe apple, tracking towards quince, acacia honey and waxy pears, evolving to a myriad of layers as it matures. On the palate the finely grained tannin from fruit and large wood bind into the clipped yet refreshing acidity, an alluring rich honeyed character will develop and intensify with time. We've had a lot of fun paring this off-dry white with some fabulous cheeses this last year and the overwhelming thumbs up is to enjoy this with the equally delicious Old Amsterdam.